Oaty Organic Apple & Blackberry Crumble for Organic September #ChooseOrganic
The proportion of organic food that we buy and eat has increased over the past few years. Thanks to the Soil Associate increasing awareness of all the reasons to go organic, I have come to realise the importance of eating more organically, and also that it is actually very achievable.
I used to think that organic food was much more expensive, so I didn't even consider it. However, when I took the time to compare prices I saw that some items are only slightly more, and there's often offers on fruit & vegetables. Eating seasonally also helps keep the food bills down and we're lucky that my dad grows lots of lovely organic veggies on his allotment which he shares with us.
Organic food has such a better flavour - particularly carrots, apples, tomatoes & cucumbers - I always buy these organic now. Meat, fish & eggs are something I can't compromise on - we now eat less of these, but always organic. Organic standards mean higher welfare for animals and no routine antibiotics.
Organic farming also protects and encourages wildlife as well as keeping the soil healthy because it uses fewer pesticides. GM crops and ingredients are banned in organic farming, so you can be sure of no nasties. That's why organic food tastes so great. The bottom line is, it's better for the environment, and healthier for us because we're ingesting fewer chemicals.
Organix Goodies are fantastic organic snacks for little ones (and bigger ones) because they come with a 'No Junk' promise. There's nothing unnecessary added, they're made to the highest standards and all the ingredients are always organic. Because the ingredients are such good quality they taste great.
Here's a little recipe for Organic September - a month long celebration of all things organic, run by the Soil Association. This apple & blackberry crumble can be made with organic blackberries which can easily be foraged this time of year along with some windfall apples. The topping is oat-based making it gluten free (just check the oats are defintely gluten free).
Oaty Organic Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Baking time: 35-40 minutes
For the fruity filling:
600g windfall apples, cored & peeled then diced (diced weight)
300g foraged blackberries
2 tbsp organic sugar (to taste)
For the oaty crumble topping:
200g organic oats (split into two halves)
100g organic butter, melted
100g organic granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Organic Greek yoghurt
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190 C / 170 fan.
Mix the diced apples & blackberries with sugar (to taste) and spoon evenly into the bottom of an ovenproof dish.
Place half the oats in a food processor and blitz to make a sort of oat flour. Add the sugar and cinnamon (if using) and blitz again to mix well. Drizzle in the melted butter and mix again to form clumps. Finally add the remaining oats and pulse to form a crumbly mixture.
Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit, breaking up any larger clumps with your fingers if necessary.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and bubbling. Delicious served with Organic Greek yoghurt.
This is a sponsored post in association with Organix. All words & opinions are my own.